Listed below are some of the collections available for research. If you would like to see any of these collections or need help finding something not listed, contact us at rthc09@gmail.com or visit during our open hours.

 

Redford Family Genealogy
Check out our family binders, full of information on many of our pioneer families, including:

  • Houghton Family Genealogy and Research; includes documents and photographs
  • James Chavey Scrapbook: James was a long time Redford resident with early Redford ties
  • Stuckey Family Photo Collection
  • Census records

Photo Collections
Check out the photographs on display and our binders of photos, including:

  • Homes
  • Businesses
  • People

Yearbooks & School Information

  • Redford High School yearbooks 1923-2007 (Complete collection)
  • Redford Union High School Yearbooks 1946-2001 (missing 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 62)
  • Thurston High School Yearbooks 1957—1986 (missing 61, 66, 67, 68, 69, 74, 87-present)
  • Pierce Jr. High Penguin Post 1958–1978
  • St. Agatha Yearbooks: High School 88,90, 94, 96, 97, 99, 00, 01, 02, 04; Elementary 1980-2000 (missing 84/85, 86/87)
  • Redford Union Elementary School Yearbooks: most elementary schools 1980s-present
  • Keeler Elementary School photographs
  • Holcomb Elementary Archives: history, photographs saved before the school was demolished
  • Burt Elementary archives and artifacts
  • Stuckey Elementary pictures and artifacts
  • Volney Smith Elementary photos and articles
  • Houghten School: photos and artifacts saved before demolition

Redford Cemetery & Death Records

  • Redford Cemetery Records, artifacts and history
  • Redford Township death registers
  • Original funeral home ledgers

Land Information

  • Land patents and property abstracts
  • Historical maps
    • 1816, 1840, 1854 Township survey
    • 1860, 1876, 1893, 1894, 1915, 1917, 1925, 1936, 1942, 1950, 1960, 1963, 1970, 1975, c. 1980
    • 1914 Village of Redford [Wm Sauer]
    • 1921 Baist Real Estate Atlas
    • 1921 Sanborn (Old Redford)
    • Plat maps & zoning districts
    • We also have historical maps & atlases covering Livonia, Greenfield, Detroit, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, U.S. & World

Newspapers & Microfilm
Redford Township News 1946-1990 on microfilm and/or hard copy (not indexed)

  • Microfilm, full years: 1964-1966, 1968-1972, 1974-1990.
  • Microfilm, partial years: Jul – Dec 1963, Jan-Oct 1967
  • Microfilm, missing years: 1946-1962, Jan – June 1963, Nov – Dec 1967, 1973

Redford Record: From 1910 to 1985, Microfilm (some are digitized). Started by Anna Lahser in 1900.

  • Full years: 1911-1913, 1923-1934, 1937, 1939-1967, 1970-1985
  • Partial years: Aug-Dec 1910, Aug 25, 1922 – December 1922, Jan – July 1938, Jan – May 1968, July – December 1969
  • Missing years: 1900 – Jul 1910, 1914-1921, Jan – July 1922, 1935*, 1936*, Aug – Dec 1938*, June – Dec 1968*, Jan – June 1969*
    • *Available at Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor
  • Digitized: Aug – Dec 1910, 1911-1913, December 1922, 1923-1925

The Brightmoor Journal

  • Digitized: 8/25/1922 – 12/29/1922, 1923-1925

Business Directories & Phone Books

  • 1925 Polk Directory: Redford, Brightmoor & Rosedale Park
    • Classified business directory & Redford rural route directory
  • 1949, 1965-present

War Archives

  • WWII Soldier Profiles: Documents and some photographs of servicemen killed in action from Redford High and Redford Union High Schools
  • Civil War Soldiers: Histories of Redford residents who served in the war

MISC

  • Lola Valley Garden Club: Scrapbook of activities
  • Redford Township Memorial Day Parade Authority
  • Fred DesAutels Papers: Redford historian and author collected information from all over the area to write his book on the Township. The collection includes many of these letters, maps, and notes.
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2 thoughts on “Collections

  1. Is the 1923 yearbook on line anywhere? My aunt, Marion Helsom, graduated that year. I have a copy of the Commencement Exercises and would love to see the yearbook. My mother Vivian Helsom graduated in the early 1930’s. Victoria Crayne crayne@prodigy.net

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    1. It is not available online but I believe we have a copy at the museum. I’ll confirm when I’m there today. We’d love to have a copy of the graduation program! I don’t believe I’ve seen it. Could you email me a copy? macpropertiesmi@gmail.com. Thanks!

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